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199 Tasting Notes

drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
199 tasting notes

TTB&C #8

This is an epic fail on my part. I am blaming my overworked brain this week. I for some reason had it in my head that this was a Verdant sample. I even searched my cupboard to make sure I didn’t already own THIS verdant tea. As I was tearing open the package and dumping the contents into my steeper I realized that this was not a Verdant tea, this was a Steepster Select tea, which I have tried, haven’t reviewed, and still have one package left of it. So this will just be a swap out. I will enjoy this package and add my sample pack to the box.

This tea is very nice treat tonight. It is earthy/woody with a fruity after taste. It is really really hitting the spot tonight. My first steep of this in December I remember not knowing what to think.

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TTB&C #7

This was the tea from the 11th Day of Christmas this year. I really enjoyed this tea and I was glad to be able to enjoy one more cup. This is a nice vanilla assam, with hints of fruit. This is one of adagio’s blends I have been tempted to order. This one continues to be a hit for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #6

Adagio and I tend not to get along. I am not sure why. Most teas I have tried are either meh or teas I just really do not want to drink again. I have had more success with the fandom blends and this is one that I have read a lot about that I really wanted to try. This was decent. It was a decent earl grey. I am not sure what to say about it. The flavors baffled me a bit this morning. It was EGC -ish, but there was a hint of something else that I could never put my figure on. If someone gave me more of this tea I would definitely enjoy it. I am not sure I would hunt this out to purchase, but I definitely won’t pass up another cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
199 tasting notes

TTB&C #5

This TTB may end up proving a bad thing for my tea budget. So far I have LOVED every tea i have tried. It will be a struggle to convince myself that I can live without xyz tea for awhile. This is yet another one that I did a very big happy dance when I pulled it out of the box. After I had placed my order with Zen Tea in Feb I saw a discussion mentioning this tea as a must try from Zen, and of course it was not in my order.

This tea is AMZAING! Sweet, rich, chocolaty, malty. It is a cup I could curl up too, but it also tastes like it would rock your socks off iced with lemon. There is quite a bit of this tea left so I think I might indulge in 2 cups! I haven’t looked into the origin of this tea, but Thank you to whoever included it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

they have sale now 30%

TeaTiff

I did see their sale today, but I did JUST order from them 2 months ago. When my EGC starts getting low I will definitely be placing another order and this one will be on it for sure.

looseTman

Ooh Aah!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
199 tasting notes

TTB&C #4

I almost added this to my H&S order in Janurary, but was on a mission for flavored blacks so left this off for the time being. Now I am kicking myself for not adding 2oz to my order. I found one last cup in the box today and made this for my morning cup. It was a wonderful cup. I am not sure how to describe the taste. I usually describe this sorta flavor as a bit “meaty”. Weird I know, but that is the only way I can think to describe it. It wasn’t too strong, it had hints of coco and malt as well. This will be on my next order. I am glad there was just one more cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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TTB&C #3

A wonderful vacation, followed by sick kid, and crazy week at work makes for a crazy week. So I have been trying a these wonderful teas from the TTB and making notes, just neglecting to post. So I apologize for the explosion of tasting notes here.

This tea is one I have been eyeing from Butikie for awhile., well lets be honest what tea haven’t I been eyeing from Butiki? This was one was nothing short of amazing. The base was wonderful with strong flavors of strawberry, tart ruhbarb, and a slight hint of pie crust. I loved it! I think my next cup of this will be with a touch of sugar. This one will definitely be on my next order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #2

This is another tea that has been on my wishlist for awhile. It was such a nice spring day here that I thought this would be a nice treat tonight. I was right. This is a sweet green floral oolong that has small bits of pineapple added to it. The combination is a nice light sweet tea. There is 1 cup of this tea left and I am very tempted to try it iced. I think this would be a nice cup on a hot summer days. I will have to leave this on my wishlist to order from Butiki the next time I place an order.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
199 tasting notes

TTB&C #1

It seems like every time I check my dashboard VariaTEA has written something amazing about this tea. NayLynn was so nice to add a sample of this to the TTB and so when I saw it in the box it was the first tea I grabbed. I would say this lives up to the wonderful reviews. Sweet, toasty, caramely, vanilla all in one cup. This is a tea I could easily drink at night as a dessert and a relaxing cup. There is enough for a few more cups and I think I am going to have to hide the rest in the box so someone else will get the pleasure to try this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Hahaha. I am sorry for my obsession with this tea. I know it probably gets a bit irritating sometimes :P.

I am glad it did not disappoint you though. I always fear someone will try it and be like “wtf is wrong with her? This is not that good.” But luckily that has not happened yet.

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I received a sample of this from Charissa. Thank you for sharing one of your favorites from the winter.

This one I would say is the heaviest of all three of the samples Charissa sent. My first cup of this I used the word “chewy” to describe this tea. and possibly “meaty.” This cup I am getting a roasted, slightly smokey accent to the sweet and dry mouthful. I have enjoyed a few cups of this and it has been a great warming evening tea., despite the caffeine. It hits the spot on this late March snowy evening.

I really enjoy this one, but I am not sure it is one I would repurchase from Gong Fu Tea. I enjoyed the Organic Ceylon and Nilgire a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nilgiri by Gong Fu Tea Shop
199 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Charissa! Thank you for sharing with me.

I have had a few cups of this already and every time I am not sure what to write about this tea. It is mellow and smooth. It is a bit dry at the end of the sip. It is a lighter tea, but is not weak. The flavor fills the entire sip. There are no strong flavors that stand out, but it is well rounded. For me this is a standard black tea. (The flavor that I think of when I think black tea). As the description says I think it would be amazing iced. Hot it is amazing as well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Charissa

Nice description of this one, Tiff! I think everything you said was spot on. It is light, yet not at all weak—so full of flavor and delicious. I’m glad you liked it!

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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